George’s Outdoor Picks
Blog posts labeled “George’s Outdoor Picks” will tell you about my favorite things from books to bullets to binoculars, fly rods to flashlights, focusing on what’s new. I do get a lot of products to try, some great, some good, some not so good. In these posts, I’ll only be telling you about the best.
Maine-made vest carries it all
After speaking at the annual convention of Maine’s retired teachers last spring, I met, by a lucky chance, Marsha Auster and Joan Tankey, who excitedly told me about their Maine-made Bukrap vest. Always on the lookout for outdoor products to tell you about, I quickly ordered one. And boy, am I glad I did.
This vest is all I need to hike, birdwatch, cross country ski, and enjoy my other favorite outdoor adventures. I’ve even started wearing it while fishing from my kayak or canoe. It is easier to access my tackle, stored in the side mesh pockets, than it is from a tackle box.
The vest has many mesh pockets of various sizes that can hold binoculars, camera, bird books, journals, snacks, water bottles, and more. I was amazed at how much I could carry in the vest, while it remained light on the shoulders and back. It’s durable, too, with bar tacking reinforcement and sturdy polypro webbing on the edges.
I find it much more comfortable than a backpack, with padded shoulders, and it seems a lot lighter too – even when I’ve got something many of the pockets. The BukRap is also reversible, so you can turn it inside out if a shower comes up, and the water-resistant nylon keeps your stuff dry.
And I plan to wear it while turkey hunting in October, instead of my camo backpack. While the vest comes in many colors, I (of course) chose camo. I can get binoculars and all my turkey calls in the front vest pockets, and put extra shells, a thermos of coffee, and muffins, in a super-large pocket in the back.
Now, I’ve got my eye on a vest in Fluorescent orange, for those warm deer hunting days in November!
Bukrap, wwwbukrap.com, 207-650-7663, 207-576-6590, facebook.com/Bukrap